From royal icing to classic vanilla frosting, there are plenty of fun ways to make your sugar cookies stand out. Once your cookies are out of the oven, transfer them to a wire rack and allow them to cool completely. If you attempt to frost or decorate before they’ve cooled, the frosting may melt and slide off your cookies.
We happen to be huge fans of Vanilla Buttercream Frosting that you can make at home, there’s also this Raspberry Buttercream Frosting perfect for decorating Valentine’s hearts. For any frosting recipe, hold one cookie at a time and scoop a tablespoon of frosting into the center of the cookie using a small metal spatula.
Next, slowly spread the frosting to the edges of the cookie until it’s evenly distributed. Add sprinkles and candy decorations to your liking. To make colored frosting, you can also add a few drops of food coloring to a vanilla frosting.
If you’ve ever wondered what the difference was between frosting and glaze, you’re not alone. Frosting is thicker and comprised mainly of butter, sugar, and milk. A glaze tends to be a little thinner (think of a glazed doughnut) because they are typically made with water instead of milk.
Royal icing is a hard white icing that’s perfect for sugar cookies and can act as a delicious blank canvas for food coloring, candy decorations, and whatever else you can dream up. Our failsafe recipe is easy to follow; learn how to make royal icing with us and you’ll have an impressive finish to your already top-notch cookies.